Pack dues are $80 per year which includes membership, advancement awards, a Boy’s Life magazine subscription, and covers some of the Pack’s costs. The initial uniform cost is $25 for scouts in grades 1-4, $40 for scouts in 5th grade, and free for kindergartners. We don’t believe that finances should be a barrier to participating in Scouting so scholarships are made available through our treasurer based on a family’s need.
Once your family has decided to join, you need to complete a membership application to begin the joining process. You can find detailed instructions about joining here.
You can sign up at any time during the year while your son or daughter is enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Dens meet from September through June, and the Pack generally holds recruiting events in the late Spring and at the beginning of the school year. The Pack offers programming year round. The right time to join is anytime!
The Pack doesn’t subsist on dues alone, so we do organize fundraisers during the year and ask scouts to participate. Our main fundraiser is selling popcorn in the fall (and there are some pretty fun incentives to sell).
The Boy Scouts of America requires members to have a “belief in god” but does not define what that means. As a non-sectarian organization, each scout, family, and faith tradition defines that in their own way. The Pack is chartered by the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction but scouts of all faiths are welcome and part of the Pack. Each rank includes a religious/spiritual component that can be completed by any scouting family, even those without a formal religious affiliation. They are generally designed to encourage conversations within families around their family’s faith and values, whatever those may be, and service to others. The Cub Scout Motto applies here as in all things, Do Your Best!
The local scouting council offers a day camp at the Essex Junction fairgrounds and resident camps for the older scouts at Camp Sunrise near Rutland. These are optional, but lots of fun and many scouts from the Pack attend one or both. We offer campership scholarships and fundraising opportunities to families in need within the Pack as well if finances are an obstacle. For more information visit the Camps page.
Cub Scouting is entirely run by volunteers, including a Pack Committee, Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmasters and Den Leaders. New volunteers are critically important to keep the Pack running smoothly so if you are interested in getting more involved email our Cubmaster. All leaders are provided training by the BSA that covers both how to fulfill the duties of their position and youth protection training. You can learn more about the leadership of Pack 630 here.
We know that kids/families are really busy today. It’s most important to attend monthly den meetings so scouts don’t fall behind on earning their rank advancement. Pack meetings are held monthly and we usually schedule 1-2 other fun activities and events each month. Pack meetings and events are important (and often help with advancement too), but you don’t need to attend every single one if you have conflicts with other activities, sports, events, etc. But we do hope that most scouts will become members of our community and will want to attend as much as possible.